I found out yesterday that my beautiful, energetic, happy, and seemingly healthy four-year-old golden retriever has a life threatening heart murmur. While still in the prime of her life, she will need to see a cardiologist and be put on medication to regulate her heart. Misty was showing no signs of being sick. She and her sister, Rosie, chase each other around the yard and the house on a daily basis. She eats well and has a great disposition. I never imagined that her routine checkup would reveal a condition that could, at any moment, take her life.
This situation has gotten me thinking about, not just Misty, but others who may have something hidden from the outside world. We encounter dozens, perhaps hundreds, of people every day. How many of those people have something going on inside their bodies or in their lives of which we are completely unaware? How can we possibly know everything that another person is going through? Read more